Who We Are?

Our Mission

The aim of Vigor is to help address the chronic issue of children’s fitness and the progression of the child’s education through rugby.  Rugby is one sport where every child can be involved; rugby does not discriminate against sex, age, build or size.  

Rugby can help pupils learn not only about the sport but also learn core personal and team values.

Meet Marc

Hi! Marc here, owner and Head Coach of Vigor.Rugby.

Vigor.Rugby is a rugby coaching and events company that offers after-school rugby and P.E. sessions to primary and secondary schools in the North East.

We are a  family run rugby coaching company which aim to provide children with the opportunity to learn the core skills of rugby and developing their knowledge and understand of the game.

I’ve spent my who life around sport but for the last 23 years, Rugby has been my passion and priority. As a player, I always strived to be the best but realistically the more I played the more I knew that my real passion was for teaching the game. The whole coach-pupil relationship and the satisfaction of watching someone improve their game was and still is far more rewarding for me than playing well myself.

I started my journey into Coaching in 2001 as Second Team Coach at Houghton Rugby. After a successful season, I made the decision to setup Vigor.Rugby as a way of sharing my knowledge and passion with others. In the years since I’ve been fortunate to work with some amazing people who all share my love of the game and which led to me being awarded the title of RFU Real Rugby Hero in 2018.

Our Core Values

Here at Vigor Rugby we follow the core values set out by England rugby. They are:

Qualified and award winning

Winner of the 2018 Real Rugby Hero award

In 2018 Marc was recognised by England Rugby for his dedication to the beautiful game. The RFU said ‘Marc Plays a pivotal role in the local CBRE All Schools programme, coaching during curriculum time, after school and at the local rugby club.  His work has seen 56 players transition into Houghton RFC, creating a new U15 boys team and the club’s first girls section as well as organising a Central Venue Festival for school players’.

Marc has an RFU Coaching Level 2 badge as well as ELRA Referee Level 1.  He keeps up-to-date with all changes and developments in the game to be able to provide the best for the young people he coaches.

Educational Qualifications

B.A (Hons) Sports and Leisure Management

B.A (Hons) Leadership and Management